David Scott on his website Young Fundamentalists, posted an article entitled “Is Name Calling Really Wrong.”In essence it is his reaction to being called down for using ad Hominem arguments.
He uses another fallacious point that people that use it do so only because “Latin makes you sound smart.” It is a waste of time to point out to people like Mr Scott that an ad hominem argument is the topic of a first year logic class, as he likely has never been in one. But a very good way to show this man his error is to look at his argument.
He claims “Jesus called names” and uses Matt.3:7, Matt.12:34, Matt.23:33, Luke.3:7 as his evidence.
As not to waste space on this weak argument I will paraphrase what the verses say in each of these Jesus refers to the audience as vipers, or a “generation of Vipers”. The point Jesus is making is that the audience is low and evil, it is a comparison and not a simple insult, like the word idiot that Mr Scott uses later. Idiot would imply that Mr Scott has some way of determining that the person he was attacking was sub intelligent, which he can’t. Jesus however could see that the people he was talking about matched the comparison.
Mr Scott says that “To simply call someone an idiot is not an ad hominem attack, because you are not making an argument. You are making an observation.” This much is correct, but as Mr Scott is discussing debating online using the word Idiot as a discriptor serves but one purpose to call down his opponent when he ceases to be able to debate, which is ad hominem.
What does the bible really say about calling names?
Matthew 5:22 (King James Version)
1. King James Version (KJV)
22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
So Mr Scott let’s see you argue against the bible, which I am sure you will by claiming only you and your Fundamentalist brothers are the only ones that can interpret the bible and I have it wrong.
So Mr Scott I won’t call you an idiot, as this would be wrong but you are wrong in assuming that name calling isn’t wrong, as the bible points out it IS WRONG and in this case so ARE YOU.